Education: • Ph. D., History, Louisiana State University, 2005. • M. A., History, California State University Northridge, 2000. • B. A., Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, 1996. Employment

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Chad Vanderford

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of History

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

4901 E. University

Odessa, TX 79762

(432) 552-2312


• Ph. D., History, Louisiana State University, 2005.

• M.A., History, California State University Northridge, 2000.

• B.A., Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, 1996.


Associate Professor of History, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

(Fall 2012 to present).

• Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

(Fall 2006 to Summer 2012).

• Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Ashland University

(Fall 2005 through Spring 2006).

• Instructor, Louisiana State University

(Spring 2005 through Summer 2005).

• Grader, Louisiana State University

(Fall 2004 through Spring 2005)

• Board of Regents Fellow, Louisiana State University

(Fall 2000 through Summer 2004).

• Research Intern, Natchez National Historical Park

(Summers of 1998 and 1999).

Academic Leadership Positions:

• Faculty Secretary

(Fall 2008 to Fall 2014).

• General Education Coordinator, History Department

(Fall 2012 to Spring 2014).

• C.A.T. (Critical Thinking Assessment Test) Trainer

(Summer 2011 to present).

• Assistant Faculty Marshall

(Fall 2010).

Teaching Load:

• Three classes per semester, each semester since Fall of 2006.

Courses Taught:

• History 1301: United States to 1877

• History 1302: United States since 1877

• History 2321: World Civilizations to 1500

• History 3342: American Revolution, 1763-1789

• History 3343: U.S. Early National, 1789-1815

• History 3344: Jacksonian America, 1815-1850

• History 4343: Founding Fathers

• History 4389: English Overseas Expansion to 1689

• History 4389: British Empire, 1689-1815

• History 4399: Senior Seminar

• History 6300: Historian’s Craft

• History 6355: United States South

• History 6378: Research in U. S. History


The Legacy Of St. George Tucker: College Professors in Virginia Confront Slavery and the Rights of States, 1771-1897. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Articles :

• “Declarations of Independence: Slavery, Secession, and the Confederate Scapegoat.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly LXX (2011): 92-107.

• “The Divided Legacy of a Founding Father: Henry and Beverley Tucker confront Nullification and Secession.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography CXIX (2011): 210-243.

• “Peter Little and the Pennsylvania Connection in Antebellum Natchez.” Journal of Mississippi History LXXI (2009): 317-341.

• “Proslavery Professors: Classic Natural Right and the Positive Good Argument in Antebellum Virginia.” Civil War History LV (2009): 5-30.

Book Reviews:

• Andrew Fede, Roadblocks to Freedom: Slavery and Manumission in the United States South, reviewed in Journal of Southern History LXXIX (2013): 470-471.

• Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, reviewed in Tennessee Historical Quarterly LXX (2011): 243-245.

• W. Kirk Wood, Nullification, A Constitutional History, 1776-1833: Volume One: James Madison, Not the Father of the Constitution: Other Framers, Different Intentions, and the Origins of Nullification, 1776-1787; Volume Two: James Madison and the Constitutionality of Nullification, 1787-1828, reviewed in Journal of Southern History LXXVI (2010): 977-978.

• Eugene Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholder’s Worldview, reviewed in Civil War Book Review VIII (2006).

• Richard Lowe, Walker’s Texas Division: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi, reviewed in Civil War History LII (2006): 322-323.

• Michael Wayne, Death of an Overseer: Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South, reviewed in Civil War Book Review III (2001): 44

Other Publications:

• “St. George Tucker’s Dissertation on Slavery,” in Encyclopedia Virginia, 8 January 2015, available at: ual_Abolition_of_It_In_the_State_of_Virginia_1796#contrib

• “Beauregard, P. G. T,” “Butler, Benjamin F.,” “Espionage,” “Forrest, Nathan Bedford,” “Kansas -Nebraska Act,” “Red River Campaign,” “United States Military Academy at West Point,” and “Zouaves,” Encyclopedia of American History, ed. Gary Nash, (11 volumes, New York: Facts on File, 2003), V: 26-27, 46-47, 133-135, 197-198, 297-298, 372, 403-404.

• Contributor to Teacher’s Companion for PBS documentary The American Presidency, 2000.

Research Presentations:

• “The Divided Legacy of a Founding Father: Henry and Beverley Tucker confront Nullification and Secession.” Virginia Forum, April 24, 2009.

• “The Thought and Legacy of St. George Tucker.” Summer Fellows Program, Virginia Historical Society, July 23, 2008.

• “St. George Tucker and the Idea of Rights.” Summer Fellows Program, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, May 16, 2007.

• “Proslavery Professors: The Abandonment of Natural Rights and the Movement Toward the ‘Positive Good’ Argument in Antebellum Virginia.” Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting, March 14, 2007.

• “Natural Rights and Slavery in St. George Tucker’s Virginia.” Louisiana State University Department of History Works In Progress Series, November 19, 2004.

• “Peter Little: From Merchant to Planter in the Old Natchez District, 1780-1856.” 4th Biennial Historic Natchez Conference, February 13, 2000.

• “Origins and Development of Theodore Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory.” May 1998, 22nd Annual Meeting of the Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council, Northridge, California, May 11, 1998.

Honors and Awards:

• Excellence in Teaching Award, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Spring 2015.

Golden Windmill Award, LaMancha Society, Spring 2012.

• Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, Summer 2008.

• Summer Institute Fellowship, University of Virginia’s Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy, funded by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History, Summer 2008.

• Coffelt Fellowship, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg, Summer 2007.

• Philadelphia Society Travel Grants, Fall 2001 and Fall 2003.

• Louisiana State University Board of Regents Fellowship, 2000-2004.

• Rena Vassar Graduate Fellowship, California State University Northridge, Fall 1999.

• John Bauer Memorial Scholarship, California State University Northridge, Spring 1999.

Betty Nesvold Best Paper Award, awarded by the California Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council, May 1998.

M.A. Thesis Committees:

• Michael Tisdale, “Satanism in American Life,” 18 November 2014.

• Jay Burns, “The History of Midland Army Airfield,” 28 October 2014.

• Trent Huber, “Render unto Caesar: The Mormon Experience with the Religious Culture of the United States,” 16 April 2012.

Charles Hicks, “Beat Nation: Nationalistic Discourse in Beat Literature,” 16 April 2010.

• Cade Allen, “American Higher Education and the Cold War, 1945-1970: A Bitter Conflict,” 2 July 2009.

• Jennifer Young, “The Ideal of Motherhood: Puritan Ministers and the Creation of the Perfect Mother,” 13 April 2009.

M.A. Committees:

• Lupe Garza, April 27, 2015.

James Rush, August 17, 2012.

• Isaac Nabarrette, August 16, 2012.

• Katie Palmer, August 8, 2011.

• Lee Jordan, March 25, 2011.

• Patricia Hardy, November 3, 2008.

• David Dixon, April 14, 2008.

• Mauricio Quintela, May 3, 2007.

• Brandon Young, November 29, 2007.

Academic Committees:

• Graduate Council Bylaws Committee, Spring 2010.

• Commencement Committee, Fall 2008 to present.

• Assessment Review Committee, Fall 2007 to present.

• Latin America History Search Committee, Fall 2007 to Spring 2010.

• Voting Member of Graduate Council, Fall 2009.

• Student Representative to the Search Committee for an Associate Dean of the Social Sciences, California State University Northridge, Spring 1999.

Other University Service Activities:

• Major Advisor for more than thirty undergraduates.

• Faculty Advisor for C.O.G. (Coalition of Organized Gamers) Club, Fall 2011 to present.

• Faculty Participant, “College & Career Readiness Initiative Faculty Collaborative: Social Studies Symposium,” University of Texas Arlington, April 3, 2009.

• Faculty Advisor for History Club, Fall 2007 to Fall 2008.

Professional Service Activities:

• Manuscript Reviewer for Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

• Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, 2007 to 2010.

• Moderator for panel on “Cross-Cultural Encounters,” 20th Annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, Louisiana State University, March 23, 2005.

Community Service Activities:

• Guest on Stan Galarza’s bilingual radio show on KOZA 1230 AM. Discussed the role that the Constitution of the United States plays in American political life. October 21, 2009.

• Constitution Day Address: “Executive Power and the Electoral College,” September 17, 2008.

• Constitution Day Address: “The Origins of the Constitution of the United States,” September 17, 2007.

• Presenter at The Hispanic Serving Institutions Minority Scholar Program “Night of Research,” November 2, 2006.

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